Board for Official Statistics


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The Board for Official Statistics was set up in September 2016 with the following remit:

  • to agree a vision and strategy for official statistics in Scotland, ensuring that the strategy is appropriate for the challenges we face over the next five years

  • to advise on the plan for delivering the agreed strategy, offer advice on prioritisation, and oversee delivery

  • to make sure the voices of those using data and statistics about Scotland are heard and influence the way the strategy is developed and delivered

  • to identify new opportunities for improvements to the quality, trustworthiness or impact of official statistics in Scotland or the efficiency of their production, and to prioritise their development/adoption


  • Ally McAlpine, Chief Statistician, Scottish Government

  • Scott Heald, Head of Statistics for Public Health and Intelligence

  • Peter Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, National Records of Scotland
  • Donald MacRae, Former Chief Economist Lloyds banking group and board member of Interface

  • Karen Facey, Evidence Based Health Policy Consultant

  • Susan MacVie, Chair of Quantitative Criminology, University of Edinburgh

  • Iain Wilton, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Royal Statistical Society

  • Roeland Beerten, Chief Statistician, Statistics Flanders

  • Colin Ledlie, Non-executive director at National Records of Scotland

The board will typically meet twice a year and is chaired by Ally McAlpine. Members have been selected based on their professional expertise rather than as representing specific organisations or constituencies. The board for official statistics replaces the former ScotStat board.


The three Scottish Heads of Profession from Scottish Government, Public Health and Intelligence and National Records Scotland are accountable for delivery of official statistics in Scotland to the UK National Statistician. 


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